The Lowdown: Tom Hardy Wants The Punisher, Martin Freeman Joins ‘Civil War’


Tom Hardy is undoubtedly one of the best actors in the business right now and we would hope to see him sign up for, and star in, a multi-picture franchise deal. Can this happen with Mad Max? Or would a character like The Punisher provide better Cinematic Universe potential?

Hardy has opened up about his disappointment in having to drop out of Suicide Squad due to scheduling conflicts with filming for The Revenant. Suicide Squad would have been his second Warner Bros./DC project after appearing as Bane in Christopher Nolan‘s Trilogy ending The Dark Knight Rises. In recent talks with Collider, the 37-year-old made his current ambitions clear,

“I want The Punisher… I want The Punisher, or Splinter Cell, I want something…I don’t know what I want. … I’m not big enough to be The Punisher, I’m 5’9” [Laughs]. … Frank Castle, I would love it.”


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The on-screen rights to The Punisher have recently reverted back to Marvel so it’s likely that the character will have a future in film once again, or perhaps the studio will decide to take the current, and very successful, Daredevil Netflix route with Frank Castle. Hardy has been attached to a Splinter Cell Movie for a long time but there hasn’t been much news on the project at all. The Punisher would certainly be a good move for the Inception Star and the involvement of such a talented actor would no doubt draw attention to the character leaving Marvel Studios with good incentive for a revival.

Martin Freeman Joins ‘Civil War’

Martin Freeman’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been officially announced by the studio in a statement from the commander-in-chief Kevin Feige.

“From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in ‘The Office,’ Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us. We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”


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The actor looks set to star in Marvel’s Phase 3 launching Captain America: Civil War, a storyline that will include more than just Superhero’s and Secret Agents. It’s likely that the Government play a key role in proceedings leading up to the fallout between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), by way of introducing regulations on Superhero activities, it would seem the two heroes will have drastically different ideas about this. Freeman could then be playing a politician? That would sound like a good fit for the crowd pleasing Hobbit Star.

No doubt Freeman’s role will be announced in the coming months.

Mad Max: Fury Road arrives in theatres May 14th; 

Captain America: Civil War is scheduled for release on April 29th, 2016

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